Greyhound collects unregistered bins


Waste firm Greyhound today maintained its bin services for Dublin households which have yet to pay their collection charges.

Householders had been given until close of business yesterday to make a payment of at least €62 to retain the service.

However, following a large number of complaints about its service, the firm continued to collect refuse from unregistered householders.

Several parts of the north inner city including Phibsboro, Drumcondra and East Wall where bins and bags had been uncollected for several days were cleared of refuse today.

Earlier this week, Greyhound left warning letters on unregistered bins, advising householders their bins would not be collected unless part of the annual service charge was paid in advance.

North Inner City Fine Gael councillor Ray McAdam said the company had no right to demand upfront payment from householders given the problems with the service.

“It’s quite clear that despite what Greyhound is saying bins and bags are not being collected across the city.”

</p> <p>Mr McAdam, who supported the council’s move to privatise the service, said the whole manner in which the changeover has been handled stood out “as an example of how not to do it”.</p> <p>He said Dublin City Council and Greyhound had failed to adequately inform thousands of residents about how to pay for the service or about collection day changes.</p> <p>Several householders in the Phibsboro area complained their bin bags had not been collected on their designated collection day, and that rubbish had been left to piling up on pavements for several days.</p> <p>One woman said some people had been illegally dumping household waste on top of the uncollected piles.</p> <p>The council said there had been no reports of any significant increases in unauthorised litter disposal.</p> <p>It also warned it would use its enforcement powers under the litter pollution legislation to deal with accumulating waste from households which have not signed up to a waste collection service.<br/> <br/> The council last December sold its list of 140,000 customers to Greyhound, which began collections one month ago.</p> <p>The Oireachtas Environment Committee yesterday called on Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan to intervene to resolve the situation and ensure uncollected waste does not become a public health hazard.</p>